Ultimately, we hope to present a theatrically satisfying evening full of many kinds of richness. As theatre artists, our job - like Shahrazad's - is to tell stories. It is through listening to and empathizing with the stories of the multitude of our neighbors on this planet that we can forge the bonds that will allow us to work together to find solutions to the many problems we share.
- Lesley S. Currier, Director
What the Critics Said:
"Adapted for the stage by director Lesley S. Currier, Marin Shakespeare's Arabian Nights is by turns spectacular, comical, and poignant... Each tale invokes a universal truth as applicable now as it was a thousand years ago. Marin Shakespeare stalwart Scott Coopwood - he appears in all three MSC productions this year - is exemplary as the wandering Storyteller, anchoring the entire story-within-story-within-story.
Michael Wiles lends a disturbing instability to the role of Shahrayar, the King. The stunning Stephanie Gularte is riveting as Scheherezad, her calm center the eye of Shahrayar's storm.
Ensemble players Ephraim Swanson-Dusenbury and Jonathan Gonzalez are outstanding. There are no weak performances by the versatile cast, who perform many roles in amazingly rapid succession. Yasmen Sorab Mehta's choreography adds a nice degree of authenticity. Bruce Lackovic's set is a wonder of seemingly solid yet ephemeral elegance; morphing from palace to cave to village street with only a change of props and lighting, beautifully designed and executed by Denise Kirchner and Ellen Brooks, respectively.
Cynthia Rose Beckley's clever costumes range from spare to radiant. Special praise must be showered on Vince Delgado, whose original music and live playing elevate Arabian Nights from a few hours' amusement to an exuberant experience...Overall, Arabian Nights is great, marvelous fun and a wonderful way to enjoy a midsummer's night."
- Barry Willis, Pacific Sun